Charges Upgraded for Patrick’s Abuser
Today, acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray upgraded the abuse charges against Kisha Curtis to a Fourth-Degree Criminal Offense – torture and torment of a living creature. Curtis faces 18 months in jail and/or a $3,000 fine if convicted on the abuse against Patrick. She is currently being held at the Passaic County jail on $10,000 bail.
It still doesn’t sound like enough, but it’s better than the Disorderly Persons Offense she was initially charged with. New Jersey doesn’t classify offenses as felony or misdemeanor. They are classified as “degrees”. First, Second, Third, and Fourth. These “degrees” are equivalent to a Felony where the Fourth Degree is the lowest form.
She still stands by her story she never threw him down the garbage chute. Now she says that she tied Patrick outside and “someone took him”.
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
Carolyn A. Murray, Acting Essex County Prosecutor
50 W Market St, Third Floor
Newark, NJ 07102-1690
Patrick’s story is global. The Patrick Miracle Facebook has over 43,000 members – growing every hour. They provide constant updates as does the Garden State Veterinary Group via their Facebook. Patrick is doing much better. His sores are healing and his fur is starting to grow shiny. His eyes are no longer sunken. He still eats small meals and was was captured pooping (good sign). He can walk, bark a little, chase a ball – a little – and play with…squeaky toys!!! Today he even spent some time schmoozin with the staff. And he’s gained a little over two pounds.
Looks like Patrick is a survivor.
Since Patrick’s story went viral, there is now a Patrick’s Law movement. Many states have started their own Patrick Movement to have animal cruelty laws changed. The paltry “disorderly offense” for starving an animal should not be tolerated in any state.
Here at Project Vote Smart, you can find your Political Representative by your address and zip code. Use it. To change these laws write your representative. They are not going to do anything unless they are bombarded by their registered voters. I prefer the snail-mail method. I desktop publish my letters with pictures of the abused animals no matter how graphic. That way they have its in their hands looking straight at it. No way they can skip by it in their email inbox.
And as for that lower form…Kisha Curtis…she makes her first court appearance this Thursday morning. If you work in Newark, NJ or anywhere nearby, watch out. Gridlock alert!!
Patrick: The National Movement (includes a list of all Patrick Movements Facebook Pages by States)
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